Chemical peel risks
All chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk. Unpredictability and risks such as infection and scarring, while rare, are a possibility.
During your initial consultation with us, we will go over everything you will need to know about your Austin chemical peel. It’s important that you discuss your precise expectations. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns that you may have. We will explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, the recovery period, and costs. If you have a history of herpes, you should inform your physician prior to the procedure. Remember, chemical peel treatments are usually not covered by medical insurance unless they are performed for medically-related problems. Please be aware that although a chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, it is not a substitute for one—nor will it prevent or slow the aging process.
Do not get any kind of facial treatment for one week before your Austin chemical peel. Those who are considering a chemical peel should be aware that you may have to spend a month or more in the pre-treatment phase before we schedule your actual peel. Do not exfoliate before your chemical peel or use Retin-A unless we advise you to. In turn, we may use Retin-A on you to pre-treat the skin. This thins out the skin’s surface layer, allowing the TCA solution to penetrate more deeply and evenly. If your skin won’t tolerate Retin-A pre-treatment, an AHA cream may be used instead. Hydroquinone, a bleaching agent, is sometimes used in conjunction with Retin-A or AHA pre-treatment, especially if you have blotchy skin areas or pigmentation problems.